Apple Cider Brined Turkey

Apple Cider Brined Turkey

Marinate a whole turkey in a a spiced apple cider mixture for two days before roasting. The flavor is perfect for a big fall meal or Thanksgiving.


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  • 4 gallons apple cider
  • 4 ounces kosher Salt
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 heads garlic, split
  • 4 ounces fresh ginger, chopped
  • 3 star anise
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 oranges, quartered


Saute the onion, garlic, ginger, and anise together in a little canola oil, until lightly browned. Add the bay leaves and the oranges. Saute another 2-3 minutes. Add the cider and the Kosher salt. Bring to a simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat, transfer to another container and chill completely. Rinse and dry bird. Place bird in a large vessel. Pour the well chilled brine over the bird and turn to coat well. Place a weighted plate or something of the sort over the bird to keep it immersed. Cover and refrigerate while marinating. Turn the bird daily. Marinate a minimum of 48 hours. Reserve some of the brine to baste with if you like. Proceed with roasting as usual.

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